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Rugby: Samoan player Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu accuses All Blacks of 'stealing' Maori culture
Outspoken Samoan rugby player Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu has accused the All Blacks of 'stealing' Maori culture in an expletive-laden social media post.

"The All Blacks' whole identity is stolen from Maori culture," he says. "The All Blacks aren't doing an Indian dance, they're not doing an Asian dance - they're doing a Maori haka."

Apia-based lawyer Fuimaono-Sapolu's was responding to claims that Asian and Indian students at Auckland's Alfriston College had questioned why their school held a special Maori-Pacifica awards ceremony.

"Let me explain why - no other race, no other culture has been targeted deliberately by the New Zealand Government like Maori have," he said. "They deliberately, intentionally attempt to exterminate and eradicate Maori culture."...

AI Conference Designed to Lift Health Outcomes for Maori
A Global Artificial Intelligence Conference starting tomorrow at the Auckland Business School will explore the use of predictive data, robotics and new smart technologies to develop better health and wellbeing outcomes for New Zealanders with a strong focus on Maori.

Provocatively named “Hack Aotearoa” has world leading experts such as Professor Eric Topl (Scripps Institute) and Dr. Leo Celi (MIT/Harvard) in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) sector, coming to New Zealand to work alongside leading New Zealand data scientists and doctors, to explore the potential for Aotearoa to be a world indigenous leader in the fields of health and medicine by integrating Maori Tikanga with AI Technology......

Maori Art Tutor/Recreation (Kaihangatoi) Position Description
Purpose of the role :

* To plan, provide and evaluate a recreational service for Whai I te ora within Kaupapa Maori services.

* To provide leadership and instruction in Maori Creative Arts including Mahi Toi and workshop based activities.

* To oversee and co-ordinate activities held in Kaupapa Maori service.....

Maungauika/North Head governance transfers to Tupuna Maunga
Legal administration of Maungauika / North Head transfers to the Tapuna Maunga Authority from the Department of Conservation (DoC) this Friday, 18 January 2019.

The transfer is welcomed by the Authority as a completion of the Nga Mana Whenua o Tamaki Makaurau Collective Redress Act 2014 which saw ownership of fourteen Tapuna Maunga, including Maungauika, returned to the 13 iwi / hapu of Tamaki. However, administration of Maungauika remained with DoC as an interim step.

Paul Majurey, Chair of the Tapuna Maunga Authority says the transfer is also an important step in integrating the management of all maunga in Tamaki Makaurau....

Bid to extend public access to Rangitoto Island baches
Through consultation with tāngata whenua the trust had reduced their concession application from 10 to five years, given current treaty claim issues.

"We have been liasing with them and they are supportive of our work," Andrews said.

"We tell bach stories, that is what we do."

Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Tribal Trust chair James Brown said they were regularly in contact with the trust and supported their plans.

"They are a great group doing good things for all our communities, the 'right way'.
"The restored baches are made immediately available for all Aucklanders to access and rent, which aids and advances Ngāi Tai manaakitanga, or duty of care."

While the islands are administered by DoC, Ngāi Tai has claims there based on historical breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi both as an iwi and as part of Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau.....

Andrew Little leads UN Human Rights Review
Justice Minister, Andrew Little, leads a delegation to New Zealand’s third Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on 21 January.

The Universal Periodic Review considers New Zealand’s human rights records over the last five years. New Zealand was last reviewed in 2014.

“New Zealand has a proud tradition of global leadership in human rights. The Coalition Government is building on that legacy with child poverty reduction, fixing our broken criminal justice system, settling historical Treaty of Waitangi claims and forming the Crown-Māori Relations portfolio, and lifting the refugee quota to 1,500 by 2020.

The findings of the review are not legally binding, but are sometimes cited as persuasive in the courts and the Waitangi Tribunal.

$70mil Waikato chicken hatchery to open
American company Cobb-Vantress is building a $70mil plus chicken breeding plant at Whangape, near Huntly in the Waikato.

The chicken factory will supply to 10 percent of the global market.

Local marae clusters Ngā Muka and Waahi Whānui are working with management and welcome the move, which will mean jobs for locals.

Ngā Muka chair Glen Tupuhi says, “Employees, with a focus on Māori have come from Huntly, Te Kauwhata, Meremere, Taupiri and Ngāruawāhia.”

"The plant is eighty percent completed with more recruitment as needed to take place for the post-build and production phase, which is already underway."....

Wanganui mayor rubbishes group's call for referendum on iwi negotiations
Wanganui mayor Hamish McDouall has hit back at the Ratepayers' Association's call for a referendum on Treaty negotiations - saying the association does not understand the process.

The Office of Treaty Settlements [OTS] and the Wanganui Land Settlement Negotiation Trust are negotiating the iwi's land claim.

Iwi are negotiating for ownership by return or purchase of land around the airport, a first right of refusal for harbour and city endowment land, as well as a vesting of Pākaitore, also known as Moutoa Gardens.

The trust also wants to discuss co-management with the Wanganui District Council of Pukenamu/Queens Park, Kokohuia Wetlands, Gonville Domain and Horrocks Park Reserve.....

Graham Hingangaroa Smith to lead Massey Māori effort
Massey University has appointed internationally-renowned Māori academic and educator Graham Hingangaroa Smith as its Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori.

Massey Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas says she is delighted to have someone of Professor Smith’s academic standing and mana join the University in a senior leadership role. “Professor Smith is ideally-placed to lead Massey’s Tiriti o Waitangi-led strategy.”.....

Māori more likely to face prison after drug conviction
The Drug Foundation’s latest state of the nation has found more than half of those being imprisoned for low level drug offences are Māori.

The report says as many as 50 people have died over the past 18 months from synthetic cannabinoid substances.

Nearly half of those convicted are young people under 30, 80 percent are male, and 41 percent are Māori.

Māori films more than 'natives running around with bare bums'
The search is on for the next big thing in Māori filmmaking after the New Zealand Film Commission earmarked $2.5 million for feature films in te reo Maori.

To qualify for funding, two of the three members of the creative team - the producer, writer and director - must be Māori......

'A tobacco-free Māori nation is important'
Tobacco is four times more available in low-income communities compared to affluent ones, says a Māori health organisation.

Hāpai Te Hauora said increasing the tax on tobacco was good but reducing where it was sold would be more beneficial to Māori.

Ms Blair said their research showed tobacco was four times more available in the most deprived areas compared to elsewhere, which disproportionately impacted Māori communities.

Former politician Tariana Turia agreed and said it was a form of racism.

"A tobacco-free Māori nation is important for Māori sovereignty and Māori development......

Tertiary enrolment process difficult for some Māori students
Puketapu says although youth are always online, the online component presents challenges and Māori students respond better when someone assists with the process.

"Our kids don’t tend to relate too well when you say 'here's a link, go to the link and read up on it'. Sometimes the language used on the websites is just a bit above them in terms of filling in the forms and enrolling and knowing that when they've filled out that part that they then need to seek out scholarships."....

Caution for Pākehā who give their children Māori names
Should Pākehā give their children Māori names? One Māori language expert believes there are instances where it can be appropriate but says caution should be taken.

"I believe that if a Pākehā does that (give their child a Māori name), then it shows that they have affection and respect for the Māori people. But if Pākehā want to give their children Māori names, then they must know the history and the meaning of those names," Said Williams, who has been teaching te reo Māori for decades.

But Williams believes not all give such consideration when it comes to using Māori names.

He was furious at the use of the name of Ngāti Kahungunu ancestor Tutere Moana, to sell cheese.

"They didn't give it thought like the Prime Minister did, to the meaning of the word, the essence of the word, the history of the word, therefore I don't agree with them giving that name to their food, for goodness sake its food! It is disrespectful, he is a scared (sic) ancestor."......

Taking it to the Streets
It's not often residents get a chance to see inside our two outreach vehicles: Te Waka Pounamu - the Mobile Learning Centre and Te Waka Matauranga - the Mobile Library. So for two days in January, these vehicles will "set up shop" in Te Manawa, the city centre, so that visitors in town can have a look at what they offer and how they can make use of them.

The two vehicles normally travel all around the Rotorua district, providing services to many residents who cannot easily visit Te Aka Mauri....

Mere Berryman: it's time we did better by Māori students
New Zealand's education system is failing Māori students by continuing to marginalise their culture, says Waikato University professor Mere Berryman, a 2017 New Zealander of the Year finalist.

"The Treaty of Waitangi promised both Māori and non-Māori equal shares of all the benefits that the colonial government was going to provide, yet what we've found that education has provided is a very western perspective that is about one history rather than both our histories."

'[The teachers] ask the Chinese girl about her culture and they try and tell me about mine', Berryman was told by one Māori student.

This one-sided storytelling not only disadvantages Māori New Zealanders, she says.

"Māori have missed out because their histories are not being told authentically, but so too have non-Māori because they haven't learnt about Māori histories [alongside European colonial history]. They've learnt a particular version of those events.".....

Nelson could use crowdfunding to buy $16m Pepin Island
The mayor of Nelson wants the public to buy back Pepin Island, just as it bought a beach in the Abel Tasman National Park.

The island is on the market for $16 million, and it has also been suggested by a former iwi trust chair, that Ngāti Tama buy it back.

"Pepin Island was originally … was taken over, if you like, forcibly by Ngāti Tama."

He said Ngāti Tama retained its link to the island, up to the point Huria Matenga gained ownership by decree of the Native Land Court.

"Once it got into the hands of Huria Matenga and her husband Hemi, who became the dominant force in that partnership, eventually the island along with a lot of parts of Wakapuaka were sold off."

Mr Mitchell said the island slipped out of iwi hands in about 1880s.

It was turned into a working farm and bought by a German businesswoman in 1996 for $2 million......

New Plymouth councillor labels Māori version of national anthem a tune he is 'ashamed to sing'
A New Plymouth councillor previously censured for making offensive and divisive comments has posted on Facebook about his "shame" in singing the Māori version of the national anthem.

Under a post made on Steve West's Facebook page, which asked people to "name a song you are ashamed of singing" Murray Chong replied with: "The te reo version of the NZ national anthem".

West, who alerted Stuff to the Facebook exchange, then asked Chong if he was threatened by it.

"Not at all but I only need to sing the original version," Chong replied. When questioned further by West, Chong said it was "because that's the original. If we all have to be made to sing the anthem in 2 languages, then the haka should be sung in 2 languages too."......

Free mentoring for Maori start-ups
A workshop aimed at developing Maori business in Tairawhiti will be delivered in Gisborne on Wednesday.

The Pakihi - Getting Into Business workshop will be held at Te Wananga o Aotearoa Whirikoka Campus.

Pakihi is an initiative that provides free workshops and mentoring to help grow Maori businesses and enterprise throughout the country......

NZ Police and tikanga Māori - who takes care of rāhui after drownings?
Any death at sea, in Māori terms at least, generally means restricted access to the site.

However, now NZ Police are taking an increased approach to work with iwi to allow customary Māori practise more room in dealing with such issues.

Respected Bay of Islands elder, 84-year-old Hirini Kingi (Ngāti Tautahi, Ngāti Whakaeke) is apart of the Police push to involve tikanga Māori when dealing with death at sea, especially drownings.

"All I can do is be honest with you and say that we need to work with them," says Kingi.

The new initiative is being trialled between NZ Police Maritime Units and iwi across the Bay of Islands region this summer.

It remains yet undecided when this collaborative initiative will be rolled out nationwide.....

Massey University misses obvious lesson from Brash saga
Massey University will have eagerly turned the page on 2018, but choices loom about the year ahead.

The university's leadership will have to figure out what being a Treaty of Waitangi-led organisation means day to day.

More importantly, there's a badly battered reputation in need of repair. Massey's self-inflicted wounds came from the university forgetting what universities are supposed to be about – robust debate, for example.

Right from the start, Massey made clear the decision to ban Brash was not just about security. Naively, the vice-chancellor took the chance to take pot shots at Brash.....

Hawkins receives health research scholarship
Te Arawa and Tainui descendant Sonia Hawkins is one of four people to be awarded the Health Research Council scholarship valued at more that $128,000.

The funding will allow her to complete her doctorate which will focus on understanding racial and ethnic bias in the nursing profession......

Kāpiti's welcome signs defaced in apparent act of defiance against Māori language
Someone appears to have taken offence to – and then literally taken – the macron on Kāpiti's welcome sign, again.

The tiny line that formed part of the district's welcome signs on State Highway 1 at Paekākāriki and Ōtaki was painted out over the Christmas period.

Macrons are the horizontal lines above some vowels that are used to indicate a longer vowel sound.

The latest attack was the third time in six months the signs have been defaced, a Kāpiti Coast District Council spokeswoman said......

Waitangi Day preparations well underway
On February 3 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is expected to be welcomed onto Ōtamatea Marae for the first time, the marae urupā is the resting place of former Labour MP Paraire Paikea, and his son Tapihana - a site of significance for Labour's Northland based māori MPs.

"The Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy will present our kaumātua [Hekenukumai Busby] with his knighthood at Waitangi. It's something we are all hugely looking forward to celebrating his large portfolio of works over the many years," says Tipene.

On the 5th of February, there will be more ceremonial welcomes for Ardern, the Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy, and Chief Justice Sian Elias. Tipene says māuri stones will also be unveiled for the new 28th Māori Battalion Museum in Waitangi.....

Pure Canterbury water more valuable than oil, so market it better: Councillor
Christchurch's city council should join forces with local iwi to bottle and sell Canterbury's famed pure aquifer water abroad to help reduce rates and fund projects.

Keown wants to negotiate a partnership with iwi that would see the council and Māori jointly own the water in the city's aquifers.

Ngāti Tuwharetoa hapu invests in Rafting NZ tourism business on Tongariro River
A trust affiliated with Ngāti Tūwharetoa says it makes sense to invest in a local river rafting firm, doubling its size.

Lake Rotoaira Forest Trust [LRFT] has entered into a joint venture with Turangi-based business Rafting NZ.

The trust manages 30,000 hectares of commercial pine forest to the south and east of Lake Taupō for 1500 beneficial owners.....

Fonterra's Kapiti cheese name Tuteremoana insulting to descendants of great chief, advisor says
Fonterra has been accused of appropriating Māori culture by naming a cheese after a Kapiti chief.

Fonterra said the cheese was named after the landmark.

Regardless, putting the name of a place that was named after an ancestor on a food product was particularly insulting to that person and their descendants, he said.

"From a customary point of view it shows that you are going to eat that person," Taiuru said.

He said he knew of at least two families who were direct descendents of Tuteremoana who were insulted by Fonterra's use of their ancestor's name on its cheese.

"There should be some consultation and an apology."....

NIWA Scientists to head to Antarctica to research Ross Sea
While there are no Māori scientists on-board for this trip, NIWA and some iwi have been working together on establishing what possible connections Māori have to Antarctica.

Dr Pinkerton says, "We've got quite a large Māori component to the project so we're trying to explore Māori connections and aspirations for the Antarctic. So we're working with Ngai Tahu and Ngāti Wai with landcare as well as trying to look through the history and the connections that those iwi have within the Antarctic and we hope to open it up to a hui of national significance to get input from all iwi in New Zealand."....

'What is the sea telling us?': Māori tribes fearful over whale strandings
Seven decades later, Parata, 75, has now overseen more than 500 strandings and is renowned in New Zealand as the leading Māori whale expert, called on by tribes around the country for cultural guidance as marine strandings become increasingly complex and fatal.

“Man’s greed in the ocean is hurting the whales,” says Parata, a fierce and uncompromising elder of the Ngātiwai tribe of eastern Northland.

Ngātiwai believe the whales beach when they are ready to die and want to return to their families, the Māori people. Then, their human families use the whales’ gift of their bodies for sacred carvings, for traditional medicines, and even for compost.

There are marked tribal differences across New Zealand and while some tribes work to refloat stranded whales, others like Parata’s Ngātiwai stand back and allow the Department of Conservation and volunteer groups to take the lead in rescue efforts.

Then the tribe moves in en masse and holds a karakia (prayer), names each animal and sets to work removing their bones, blubber, eyes and teeth for cultural purposes......

New Zealand businesses continue to culturally appropriate Māori culture in their marketing.
Karaitiana Taiuru a PhD candidate at Awanuiarangi and a Māori Trademarks advisor believes that cultural appropriation of Māori has become normalised over multiple generations by New Zealand businesses.

Karaitiana has recently identified a number of businesses who are culturally appropriating Māori culture.

Companies recently identified include:

Kapiti Cheese, a brand owned by Fonterra have named a cheese after a famous Māori ancestor....

Some BP petrol stations offering organic coffee and advertising coffee branded with the Māori deity of fertility – Tiki....

Titoki Whiskey bottle represents the god of fertility Tiki as well....

The Warehouse are showing television adverts with the Māori god of fertility Tiki on shopping bags.....

Financial mentoring aims to get whānau out of debt
Salvation Army spokesperson Pam Waugh says around 45 per cent of families they help are Māori and over the last 10 years poorer families have been getting “further and further behind” in debt.

According to Waugh, the highest percent of Māori living in extreme poverty are in the far North, Whangarei and Rotorua.

“We have financial mentoring plans. We have social workers. We have counselling and we have life skills groups, says Waugh.

“All of those programs work together to help a family develop new skills or help them with their financial management and financial literacy.”.....

Pā Wars pulls Naati's home
With nearly half of the Ngāti Porou population living beyond the traditional tribal territory on the East Coast, Ngāti Porou Pā Wars is helping tribal members reconnect back to their marae.

Pā Wars began in 1990 and continues to grow, with over 21 marae being represented at the games in Ruatōria this year bringing more than 1,000 people together......

TPK, Māori Wardens & Ture Whenua Act Mahuta’s focus for 2019
Nanaia Mahuta, the first woman to take on the role of Māori Development Minister, reflects on 2018 and talks about priority areas for the new year.

"In the new year, I will meet with the Māori Wardens to really discuss the different areas and changes they want to pursue to push this forward."

But come the new year Te Puni Kōkiri will remain a key focus for the Minister.

As well as the Ture Whenua Māori Act.

The Minister will also be watching very closely the Māori media space with the Māori media sector currently under review.......

Takanini or Takaanini? Auckland Transport's new sign leaves commuters confused
Auckland Transport (AT) has stirred up a storm in a tea cup after adding an extra letter to the suburb Takanini.

Signage at the Takanini train station in south Auckland now reads 'Takaanini' – leaving some commuters scratching their heads.....